Re: oil pan removal??
Not sure about the F-series, but with Falcons, you have to support the engine, remove the through bolts from the mounts, then jack the engine sufficiently to get the sump out past the big ends. So if the book says to do it this way, then I would recommend following it! Not sure if starter removal is required, but your radiator may have to be removed to get the required clearance from the fan when the engine is jacked up.